2016 Teacher Hall of Fame
David P. Schaeffer, 1957-1994 Mr. Schaeffer grew up in Hammond, Indiana and graduated from Hammond High School in 1950. He attended Indiana State University from 1950-1954 earning his BS in Education. While at Indiana State he was on the football team playing both offensive guard and defensive linebacker. During his senior year of college, Mr. Schaeffer served as captain of the football team and was awarded MVP. Mr. Schaeffer joined the US Marine Corp and was stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. His career at CPHS started in 1957 teaching biology and life science. During his time at CPHS he was also head coach of the boys’ varsity football team from 1963-1971. Mr. Schaeffer has four children; Eric, Laura, Ilene and Evelyn and four grandchildren. In his retirement, he enjoys playing golf, traveling to northern Wisconsin and attending the sporting events of his grandchildren.
Jerry A. Caravana, 1967-2007 Born in Tempe, Arizona, Mr. Caravana was raised in Gary, Indiana, and attended Andrean High School. He graduated from Ball State University, BS., MA in 1967 at 22 years of age. During his 40 year tenure he taught and was Department Coordinator for Business Education. He continued his later years as Crown Point High School’s Athletic Director and planned and designed the indoor and outdoor athletic complex for the new high school. He has received numerous awards for his work with the Duneland Athletic Conference and State associations. Jerry established a $40,000 endowment upon retirement that awards $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors. He continues his service to the schools and community serving in his second term as a school board member.
Charlotte Ann Johnsen, 1963-1994 Charlotte Ann was born on the 20th of February, 1939 in Greencastle, Indiana. Charlotte graduated from Clayton High School in 1959. In 1963 Charlotte graduated from Indiana State Teachers College in Terre Haute where she earned her Bachelor and Masters Degrees. She joined the staff of Taft Junior High School in 1963 where she met Dan Johnsen and they wed in 1968. Both joined the staff at CPHS in the latter 1970’s. Charlotte taught physical education and was a sponsor for cheerleading. She enjoyed attending and supporting all the school sporting events. She was a member of the John Purdue Club. She loved Purdue sports. She and Dan attended over 150 straight football games over a 13-14 year stretch including 12 bowl games. Charlotte was a member of Tri-Kappa Sorority in Crown Point and belonged to the Gary Sportsman Club.
Scott S. Vlink, 1979-2016, Scott was born December 14th, 1955 in Libertyville Illinois. He graduated from Libertyville High School in 1974. While at Libertyville High School, he was a member of the football, wrestling and baseball teams. He attended Indiana State University and graduated in 1979 with a BS degree in physical education and a minor in health education. While at ISU he was a member of the wrestling team earning four varsity letters. In 1979, he was hired by the Crown Point Community School Corporation to teach physical education, health and to coach wrestling and football at the high school. The wrestling teams that he has coached have enjoyed much success, winning the IHSAA state championship in 2009. After a 37 year career at CPHS Scott will retire in the spring of 2016.He has been married to his wife Gayle for 37 years. Together they have three children, David, Mark and Kevin.